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True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version) DVD Region 1

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From world-renowned action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping comes True Legend, the martial arts epic that sees him return to the director's chair he has vacated for 14 years. For his highly-anticipated comeback project, Master Yuen is eager to bring the kung fu genre to a new frontier, so he employs 3D technology in the film, making it the pioneer in Chinese cinema to feature fight scenes rendered in 3D. Christine To's (Fearless) script chronicles the ups and downs in the life of martial arts legend, Beggar Su, played captivatingly by action star Vincent Zhao (Once Upon a Time in China series). His co-stars lend more oomph to the film, with Zhou Xun, Jay Chou, and Michelle Yeoh toplining, and Andy On and Guo Xiaodong in pivotal roles. For action aficionados, the appearances of Shaw Brothers star Gordon Liu, veteran actor Leung Ka Yan, action starlet Jiang Luxia, real-life boxing champion Cung Le, and Kill Bill badass David Carradine - who tragically passed away during post-production - should instantly make this a must-see!

Su Can (Vincent Zhao) dreams of creating a unique school of kung fu that will be followed for generations to come, but he loses the will to live once his joyous life with his beloved wife (Zhou Xun) and son is destroyed by his nemesis Yuan Lie (Andy On). His spirits hitting rock bottom, Su Can is reduced hopelessly to a drunkard and crazy beggar. But an encounter with the mysterious figure known as "Martial God" (Jay Chou) eventually brings him out of darkness and back onto his lifelong quest for the ultimate in martial arts. Through his invention of the "Drunken Fists" style, Su Can finally sees the way to rise from his ordeal and become a True Legend.

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Product Title: True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version) True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version) True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version) 蘇乞兒 (2010) (DVD) (US版) True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Vincent Zhao | Michelle Yeoh | Jay Chou | Leung Ka Yan | Gordon Liu | Zhou Xun | David Carradine | Andy On | Yan Ni | Yee Chung Man | Jiang Lu Xia | Guo Xiao Dong | Pan Guoyu | William Kong | Zhang Zhen Yan 趙文卓 | 楊 紫瓊 | 周 杰倫 | 梁家仁 | 劉家輝 | 周迅 | 大衛卡烈甸 | 安 志杰 | 閆妮 | 奚仲文 | 蔣璐霞 | 郭曉冬 | 潘 國瑜 | 江 志強 | 張 震燕 赵文卓 | 杨 紫琼 | 周 杰伦 | 梁家仁 | 刘家辉 | 周迅 | 大卫卡烈甸 | 安 志杰 | 闫妮 | 奚仲文 | 蒋璐霞 | 郭晓冬 | 潘 国瑜 | 江 志强 | 张 震燕 趙文卓 (チウ・マンチェク) | 楊紫瓊(ミシェール・ヨー) | 周杰倫 (ジェイ・チョウ) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) | 劉家輝(リュー・チャーフィー) | 周迅 (ジョウ・シュン)  | デヴィッド・キャラダイン | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) | Yan Ni | Yee Chung Man | 蔣璐霞 (ジャン・ルーシャー) | グオ・シャオドン | Pan Guoyu | 江志強(ウィリアム・コン) | Zhang Zhen Yan Vincent Zhao | Michelle Yeoh | Jay Chou | Leung Ka Yan | Gordon Liu | Zhou Xun | David Carradine | Andy On | Yan Ni | Yee Chung Man | Jiang Lu Xia | Guo Xiao Dong | Pan Guoyu | William Kong | Zhang Zhen Yan
Director: Yuen Woo Ping 袁和平 袁和平 袁和平(ユエン・ウーピン) Yuen Woo Ping
Release Date: 2011-09-13
UPC Code: 883476059808
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: United States, Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Package Weight: 90 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024899675

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Professional Review of "True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version)"

May 12, 2010

This professional review refers to True Legend (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The announcement of True Legend unsurprisingly caused considerable excitement amongst martial arts fans, given that it saw Yuen Woo Ping, arguably still the world's best action choreographer, returning to the director's chair for the first time in 14 years. As if this wasn't enough, the film was also the first Chinese genre production to make the leap into 3D technology, potentially pushing its fight scenes to a new level of impact. The film's impeccable pedigree was confirmed by a script from Fearless scribe Christine To, and a cast headlined by Vincent Zhao (from the Once Upon a Time in China series), Andy On, Zhou Xun, Jay Chou, and Michelle Yeoh, not to mention appearances from the likes of Guo Xiaodong, Shaw Brothers veteran Gordon Liu, Leung Ka Yan, rising starlet Jiang Luxia, real-life boxing champion Cung Le, and Kill Bill star David Carradine - all of which combined to make the film the most highly anticipated genre epic for some time.

The film follows the life of martial arts legend Beggar Su (Zhao), beginning as his half brother Yuan Lie (Andy On) turns against him and his family, killing his father and taking his son prisoner. Being unable to beat his enemy and his unstoppable "Venom Fist" style sends Su into a great depression, and he turns to drink, living with his wife (Zhou Xun) in exile. Gradually, his passion for martial arts and his desire for revenge return, and he goes into training with the possibly imaginary God of Wushu (Jay Chou), honing his "Drunken Fist" skills and preparing for the coming battle.

True Legend is basically a film of two parts, the first charting Su's development of his skills and taking on Yuan Lie, and then following his later life as a wandering drunk who eventually find purpose and redemption. Oddly, despite this and its epic feel, spanning as it does several important time periods in Chinese history, the film doesn't really have the feel of a biopic, not that this makes it any less interesting. Indeed, the fact that the film doesn't take itself too seriously and that it lacks any air of self importance allows it to work more as a straight piece of martial arts action, with its various fantasy elements combining well with its vaguely grounded setting. This certainly helps during the latter stages, when the film heads into territory suspiciously similar to the last act of Fearless pitting Su against a series of gimmicky Western warriors and wrestlers in area combat.

Obviously, the film's main draw is its martial arts, and it certainly does not disappoint, serving up pretty much non-stop action in one form or another. Yuen Woo Ping is on great form, and the film is kinetic, fast moving and fun, with some very imaginative choreography marking most of its set pieces. On DVD at least, the 3D technology doesn't count for much, though thankfully it is not used too cheaply or too often. Somewhat less impressive is its occasional overreliance on CGI effects, both for the backgrounds, and to enhance the fight scenes, when perhaps some old school wire might have worked better. Although this is not pushed to the point of overload, as with the Pang Brothers' recent The Storm Warriors it does disconnect the viewer from the proceedings at times. Whilst the film is surprisingly violent and gory in places, the use of computer blood also detracts a little from the impact, though thankfully there are still more than enough traditional fight scenes to compensate, and the film does have more of a visceral impact than most other modern martial arts costume epics.

All of the cast are on great form, with Vincent Zhao doing a good job in the lead, with his Beggar Su benefitting from not being too white washed, making his journey to true hero all the more rewarding. Andy On also deserves special mention for his bizarre performance as the villain, done up in ghoulishly pale makeup, having armour sewn into his skin, and training by putting his hands in bowls of snakes and scorpions. The appearance of David Carradine (who sadly passed away during post-production) is very welcome, as he adds a touch of class to all of his scenes, and is immeasurably better than the usual western non-actors who tend to turn up in Asian films.

True Legend certainly is a cut above in general, and is definitely one of the better martial arts epics of the last few years. Although a bit too close to Fearless in places and featuring a little too much in the way of CGI, it entertains throughout, and makes for fun, exciting viewing.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "True Legend (2010) (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10 (1)

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June 30, 2011

This customer review refers to True Legend (Blu-ray) (China Version)
Disappointing Disc-Do Not Buy; Censored Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
I have been trying to find a region A Disc after owning a Region B disc that i can look at on my laptop. However this version of the film is heavily edited for violence and some of the most brutal fights are censored. The action choreography is amazing in this film, yet here the most devastating blows are cut short or removed all together, including the death blow in the climactic fight between Yuan and Su Can. Without that one blow, the emotional resonance, the catharsis for the main character is gone. The film itself looks gorgeous, but what does it matter if the action scenes are neutered. After all, don't we watch Wu-Ping's movies for the brilliant Choreography?
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